96. Notes of Telephone Conversation Between the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) and the Deputy Secretary of Defense (Packard)1 2

K said he was calling Mel but could not reach him and asked if P was familiar with Seabed problem. P said just vaguely.K said Mel opposed it at NSC but called K after and said if we had to proceed he would like to make sure it contained some amendments. K said he wondered if he could get these changes. P said the main thing is that there is nothing in the draft that would jeopardize their underwater capability. K said President will probably go ahead with treaty but on the condition that Gerry Smith puts into the draft the changes Defense wants. P asked when K wanted it and K said by tomorrow morning. K said he is seeing Gerry Smith at 6:00p tomorrow night at his office. President wants K to negotiate this. P said K would have them by morning.

  1. Source: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Kissinger Papers, Box 359, Telephone Conversations, Chronological File, 1–14 May 1969. No classification marking.
  2. Kissinger told Packard the President would probably go ahead with the treaty if Smith put into the draft the changes that DOD wanted.